ANIMAL rights campaigners have held their first protest outside a facility recently taken over by a controversial animal testing laboratory.
Half a dozen protesters gathered in Barwell Lane, Gosport, yesterday waving banners and chanting slogans against Wickham Labs.
As reported in The News, the lab is expanding its operation and has taken over six acres of the former Wyeth site on Barwell Lane.
Protesters attracted numerous beeps of support from passing motorists as they handed out leaflets.
Protester Jeanette McClunan said: ‘We will continue our demonstrations here and in Wickham.’
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection has criticised the labs’ expansion.
Chief executive Michelle Thew said: ‘It is outrageous that a laboratory found to have caused unnecessary animal suffering by the Home Office should be allowed to expand in this way.
‘A recent Home Office review confirmed the findings of a BUAV investigation at Wickham laboratories that mice died routinely in extremis in poisoning tests for botox rather than being “humanely” killed by staff, as they should have been, and that staff incompetence in the way mice were killed led to their suffering.’